A teen bit
by a possible stray dog or coyote in the area of 86th Parkway and Simms Street over the weekend is prompting Arvada police to issue a warning to
residents living in the area.
16-year-old girl was walking her heeler mix when
either a mangy-looking dog or coyote approached her and bit her on the forearm.
The teen’s dog attacked the animal that bit the girl, causing it to release the
bite and run from the area.
The animal that bit the teen is
described as a as medium sized, light brown and grayish in color, very thin and
had a bushy tail.
Arvada’s Animal Management Officers are
working with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to further investigate
this incident and to post coyote awareness signs in the area.
It’s important to note this IS
NOT a confirmed coyote attack.
While these instances can happen,
it is very rare for a coyote to attack a person.
Animal Management Officers are
working to identify the animal that bit the teen to confirm its origin.
Here are general coyote awareness
tips if one crosses your path:
as big and loud as possible
your arms, clap and throw objects at the coyote
in a loud and authoritative voice
not run or turn your back on the coyote
the coyote and back away slowly